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Back to the Exercises

Thursday, May 26, 2011

I left at six today, and made my three miles by myself, then came back and took the dogs for a walk. It's nicer when I'm alone, because you get to meditate for an hour. There are very few people around, and not many distractions.

Brewmaster Bill shamed me into going back into the exercise business. I'm sticking with my old exercises, except I have started using lightweight dumbbells for some of them. If I don't have any more trouble with my neck, I'll buy some heavier ones. The light ones did me in about five years ago, but maybe I have healed up since then.

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    I did? I guess that's good. heh.

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S3XYDIVASMOM 5/26/2011 7:45PM

    Pay attention to form, don't over do it. You should be fine. Good luck with the program.

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MS.ELENI 5/26/2011 3:43PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon

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THINRONNA 5/26/2011 1:50PM

    Good going getting back to the exercise! It will make you feel great!

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Star in the East

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

The paper had an article "Summer is Here" and it really is. I woke up at 5:45 today and the dogs and I left the house at 6:00. It was light enough to see but there was a star in the east, just north of east, and the motion detector lights would go on as we went by. We had a nice three mile walk, with detours, and the sun was just coming up as we turned the corner from 14th to Pennsylvania to come home.

The temperature has been above 90 every day for a while, and we keep getting the predictions that show 91 to 92 for the foreseeable future, so it looks as if the cold fronts are gone. It was in the low 70's when we left and when we got back, but the house still felt good when we got back inside.

The BW was irritated yesterday because her new hedge had drooping leaves, so I moved a hose to the drinking water and watered them. Apparently three days without water was too much for them. There isn't enough reclaimed water, so it is only on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays here until the first of June, but I don't know what makes them think that there will be more after that. The rest of North Pinellas gets water Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday. I have two sixty foot hoses connected in series to a hose bib in my back yard. I leave them out for occasional use - filling the fountain, washing the cars, etc. When I went for a hose hanging on the fence it was totally limp, so I turned the valve between them off and moved the second hose to a water faucet on the house so I could water the hedge and some of the grass plugs that looked sad. Today the remaining hose is hard as a rock, and I was able to shoot the water straight out of the hose 50 feet across the yard to water the farthest muscadine vine a little more. The sprinklers had run this morning and everything was wet, but I gave all the grapes another shot just for good measure.

I sprayed everything with neem oil yesterday, and I think I'll just start spraying every week all year long to keep the bugs and diseases down. Most of the Eureka lemons have fallen off, and I only see two avocados and two grapefruit on the trees this year. The lime tree was a dud last year, but it's full of pretty big limes now, so I don't know what is happening. Unfortunately, I was an engineer, not a farmer.

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MS.ELENI 5/24/2011 7:21PM

    I think you do good as a farmer. emoticon

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S3XYDIVASMOM 5/24/2011 6:18PM

    The rain just won't stop here and that's a problem, too. I'm used to hot, dry desert conditions. I'm concerned that the seeds, that I put in the ground, will just rot. I guess there are always growing challenges whether we're farmers or not.

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Day of Rest

Sunday, May 22, 2011

I didn't do any walking, not even the dogs' yesterday, but my pedometer read 9818 steps when I got up this morning. I went to bed at 11:00 and woke up at 8:00 with bright sunlight shining in the window. I had toast and peach jam for breakfast, and the BW commented on how good it tasted, so we're up and running.

I am taking the day off, letting the antimalware software do it's full scan, and just laying around until tomorrow. The Sunday paper is done, but I have a good book to read and good movies on Netflix, so I think it will be OK. Now I'm going to have watermelon and cantaloupe for lunch.

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S3XYDIVASMOM 5/22/2011 9:38PM

    Ooooh. I love this turn about. You had a lazy day and I worked my butt off.

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MS.ELENI 5/22/2011 8:36PM

    I am glad to hear you finally took a day to rest. I got all kinds of fruit today.I have had watermelon,cherries,and strawberries today.LOL

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MRDPOLING 5/22/2011 6:17PM

    I've done NOTHING today. It has been GREAT!

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Peach Jam is Fine, Party Was Not

Saturday, May 21, 2011

For all of your comments, the jam turned out fine. I let is sit on the stove for a few hours until it was cold, then carefully put it in the refrigerator. This morning, it was nice and stiff, but still spreads on toast without too much trouble. It's just like store-bought, except Sure-Jell says a tablespoon is only five calories. It's nice and peachy, but the two tablespoons of lemon juice make it a little tangy too. I had four pieces of whole-wheat toast with peanut butter and jam for breakfast. It was like having dessert.

Then we spent the entire day doing the party in the park, and in the end took in a total of $176.00. I added up all the receipts, and we spent $172.12, so the net gain is $3.88 for a full day today, getting ready, and cleaning up. Twelve of us showed up, but a couple didn't stay all day. On the other hand, some of us put in 9 hours just today, and I now have to take a few things back to Sam's Club because we weren't allowed to sell drinks at the last minute. We may show a $25 gain in the end.

The irony is, we would have been farther ahead if I had just donated the $6 that I spent on three beers.

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THINRONNA 5/24/2011 5:44AM


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MS.ELENI 5/21/2011 10:32PM

    Sounds like jam was a success but party wasn't so good.And it was hot out there too.

I love PB and jelly toast

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No More

Friday, May 20, 2011

A couple of days ago I picked all the peaches because they were falling to the ground by the hour. We have been eating peaches, and today I finally went through the remainder. I threw away a lot of them, scalded and peeled the rest, and made sugar-free jam out of the yield. According to the pectin packet, the calories for each tablespoon of finished product are 45 if made with the regular recipe, 30 if made with the less sugar recipe, and 5 if made with the "no sugar needed recipe." (Than means Splenda, or sucralose.) I used sucralose. The whole mess is cooling now, and I'll find out tomorrow if it jelled.

I made grape jelly once in Indianapolis, because we had a Concord grape vine that produced bushels of fruit. I used three times the recipe's required juice and it did jell. It was also the best grape jelly I have ever tasted. This time the BW wants it sweet, so I followed the recipe. I hope she likes it, or I'll be eating a lot of toast with peanut butter and peach jam.

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THINRONNA 5/21/2011 1:52AM

    I hope it sets up! I just made rhubarb jellies and they did not set up so I put the whole mess back in a pan...guessed at how much more pectin to add...reheated it all and this time it set up. But these are supposed to be like candy rather than jam. Let us know how it all turns out!

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GLC2009 5/21/2011 12:16AM

    i'm hoping we get fruit this year. we just moved to this place a couple years ago and we have alot of different fruits growing. last year none of the trees grew fruit, but, the year before was a bonanza!

i want to learn how to can and particularly can sugar free stuff.

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MS.ELENI 5/20/2011 11:10PM

    Hope your jam turns out ok.

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S3XYDIVASMOM 5/20/2011 10:29PM

    I have lots of peach jam in storage. I like it but fail to eat it. Don't know why.

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